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|Title: ||Foreign Aid Initiatives and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Nigeria: Perspectives on Country Ownership and Humanistic Care|
|Authors: ||Joseph, B. N.|
Abimiku, C. A.
Dangiwa, D. A.
Umar, D. M.
Bulus, K. I.
Dapar, M. L. P.
|Issue Date: ||20-Jun-2017|
|Publisher: ||International STD Research & Reviews|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 5;Iss. 3; Pp 1-14|
|Abstract: ||With a prevalence rate of 3.1%, Nigeria has a generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic. Like much other
developing countries, Nigeria has to collaborate with development partners to fight the HIV/AIDS
scourge. This review assesses the impact of foreign aid initiatives on the fight against HIV/AIDS in
Nigeria. It examines Nigeria’s capacity and willingness to independently own a sustainable
provision of HIV/AIDS care in the country. This paper assesses the outcomes of the HIV/AIDS
scheme. Our review indicates that foreign aid initiatives were responsible for the rapid scale-up in
HIV/AIDS services and improvement in morbidity and mortality rates. While foreign aids have contributed to the reversal of both prevalence and incidence rates of HIV, donor funded initiatives
have overstretched the workforce and the health systems thus diverting healthcare emphases
towards specific disease intervention programmes. Evaluation of outcomes measures has
consistently excluded viral load assessment, antiretroviral resistant testing and the provision of
salvage regimen. Nigeria’s budgetary allocation to the health sector is still very low, consequently,
government willingness and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS is grossly inadequate. The
HIV/AIDS programme is still donors dependent and often seen as “donor-agency things”. The
global aid initiatives have recorded a milestone achievement in the fight against HIV infections in
Nigeria. While much is needed from the donor agencies, Nigeria must ensure deliberate
commitment towards an independent ownership of HIV/AIDS scheme in Nigeria.|
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